Media Release 8 Oct 2012
Family First NZ is joining calls by the group Stop Demand for Mike Tyson to be denied a visa, and says that recent comments by Tyson show that he is anything but a role model.
“Only last year, Tyson made grotesque and unacceptable comments about former US Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin which confirms concerns that he is not the motivational speaker or role model that some would paint him to be, or would like him to be,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
Last year, when commenting on a new book on Sarah Palin, Tyson said ‘She could always get boned out by a black person — a vote to bang her… somebody like [Dennis] Rodman getting up in there. Pushing her guts up in the back of her head! … you want someone like Rodman — yeah baby! Imagine Palin with a big old black stallion ripping — yeehaw! …. Other than a vote to run office, the only thing she can do … she’s not a bad person because she likes black people … at least in her.’
“Interestingly enough, Tyson admitted himself that he is not a motivational speaker.”
“We would concur with his own sentiment. His comments above show that he still has a long long way to go in his rehabilitation – part of which is admitting the crime which he was convicted for which he still denies, and changing his attitudes towards women,” says Mr McCoskrie. “We don’t need his kind of attitude being given a ‘red carpet’ welcome in New Zealand.”
“The government is right to cancel his visa, and they should ignore pleas from promoters of him coming to NZ who should have done their research better before trying to convince us that Tyson would be of benefit talking to at-risk young people.”